The RAF Benevolent Fund is the RAF’s leading welfare charity and we have supported the charity with a corporate donation of £50,000 each year since 2010. Our donations have contributed towards the charity’s Airplay programme and specifically for building state-of-the-art play parks on four key RAF stations - RAF Brize Norton, RAF Lossiemouth, RAF Coningsby and RAF Waddington.
The Airplay Programme is the first project of its kind for young people in the Service community and to support some 4,000 children and young people living on RAF Stations across the UK by providing childcare centres, state-of-the-art play areas, and trained youth workers to support RAF families at the stations.
Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy, Senior Military Advisor and Jane Russell, Director of UK Government Relations (Military Air & Information) received the award on behalf of BAE Systems Paul Hughesdon, Director of Welfare at the RAF Benevolent Fund. Sir Glenn Torpy said “On behalf of BAE Systems, I’d like to say how delighted we are to receive this award. BAE Systems’ is committed to supporting its customers, their families and the communities in which we operate. We are, therefore, very grateful to the RAF Benevolent Fund for setting up the Airplay programme, and proud to be supporting an initiative which is devoted to helping those people right at the heart of the RAF family.”
Paul Hughesdon said, “As the RAF’s leading welfare charity, we understand the pressures that RAF families have to cope with. Over the last 12 years we’ve been rolling out a range of services to help relieve some of those pressures, including childcare centres, play parks and trained youth workers. But we couldn’t have done this without the help of organisations like BAE Systems who have helped us deliver state-of-the-art games areas to four key RAF stations. The parks have made a huge difference to the families based there, ensuring that children and young people have a safe and supported environment to meet and play. As a charity with no guaranteed income we rely on this kind of wonderful enthusiasm for our work and tonight is all about saying thank you to BAE Systems for their generous support.”